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ATHENA Shoots Down Drones

Members of the U.S. Air Force used the Advanced Test High Energy Asset, referred to as ATHENA, to shoot down a variety of drones in a Lockheed Martin demonstration of the technology.

In the latest test of the ground-portable laser weapon system, Airmen engaged and shot down multiple fixed wing and

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Microdrones Launches Three New Integrated UAS

Microdrones is releasing three new Integrated UAV Systems based on the heavy lifting power, resilience and efficiency of the Microdrones md4-3000 aircraft: the mdMapper3000DuoG VHR, the mdMapper3000DuoG, and the mdMapper3000 PPK. The company has also updated the mdTector1000CH4 LR with a Pergam Laser Methane Falcon sensor for detecting Methane (CH4)

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FAA Grants BVLOS Approval for First Segment of New York’s 50-Mile Drone Corridor

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the New York Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight within first segment of New York’s 50-Mile Unmanned Aircraft System Corridor being

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Iran Downs Unidentified Drone Near Gulf Coast

Iran shot down an unidentified drone that “infiltrated” near Bandar-e Mahshahr port on the Gulf coast on Friday, Iranian media reported, after the downing of a US drone nearly triggered air strikes earlier this year. IRIB, a state broadcaster, aired a short video purporting to show the interception of the

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ATHENA Successfully Defends Drone Threat

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) recently demonstrated their laser weapon system for the U.S. Air Force at a government test range at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where the system successfully engaged and shot down multiple fixed-wing and rotary drones. The Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) operated in a fully-netted engagement environment

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Sentera Introduces the 6X Sensor: Multispectral, RGB, and Onboard Analytics Fastest Image Capture Rate in the Industry

Sentera has announced the launch of the 6X, the highest-performing, the most powerful sensor in its class. 6X delivers the data and processing necessary to meet a wide range of customer requirements, from broad acre, specialty, and permanent crop insights to science and research customers. “The 6x currently delivers the

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DJI And PEUGEOT Announce Winner Of PEUGEOT Drone Film Festival

The PEUGEOT Drone Film Festival has announced the winner of its 2019 competition. During the finals at the luxury hotel Jumeirah in Frankfurt, the jury chose the film „Calçada Portuguesa“ by Bernardo Bacalhau. The young Portuguese filmmaker beat more than 800 competitors and received a grand prize consisting of high

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GENIUS NY Announces Latest Semi-Finalists

Syracuse – GENIUS NY, a business accelerator program at CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden, announced 19 teams as semi-finalists in the competition’s fourth round. The companies, which are developing innovations in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), internet of things (IoT) and big data industries, were selected from a highly-competitive pool of

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US Interior Department grounds Chinese-made drones

Washington (AFP) Nov 1, 2019 –

The US Department of the Interior has grounded its fleet of Chinese-made drones as it conducts a review of the program.

Nick Goodwin, an Interior Department spokesman, did not provide a reason for the decision but it comes amid US security concerns over Chinese electronics.


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Israeli drone overflying Lebanon targeted by missile: army

Jerusalem (AFP) Oct 31, 2019 –
An anti-aircraft missile was fired Thursday at an Israeli drone over Lebanon, the Israeli army said, adding that the unmanned aircraft was not hit.

“A short while ago, an anti-aircraft missile was launched over Lebanese territory towards an IDF (Israeli army) UAV. The UAV was

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Tupolev TU-114 – World’s Fastest TurboProp Aircraft

The Tupolev Tu-114 Rossiya (Russian: Tyполев Тy-114 Poccия) (NATO reporting name Cleat) was a turboprop-powered long-range airliner designed by the Tupolev design bureau and built in the Soviet Union from 1956. It is the world’s first and only swept wing turboprop airliner. The aircraft was the largest and fastest passenger

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HAPSMobile Successfully Completes Second HAWK30 Solar HAPS Test Flight

HAPSMobile Inc. (“HAPSMobile”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO:9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), today announced the second successful test flight of the HAWK30 solar-powered high-altitude platform system (HAPS) that took place on October 23, 2019 (PT) at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. The test

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Russia, Egypt Conduct Joint C-UAV Exercise Near Cairo

Joint Russian-Egyptian drills of air defense forces, dubbed the Arrow of Friendship-2019, are being held in Egypt on October 26 – November 7. Over 100 servicemen from Russia’s Southern Military District are taking part. “For the first time in modern history, joint air defense crews of Russia and Egypt conducted

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UK Awards £2m in C-UAV Contracts

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has announced that it has awarded nearly £2m to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt, and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones. Eighteen bids have been funded as part of the Countering Drones competition launched earlier this year by the then-Defence Secretary.

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Draganfly Debuts on Canada Stock Exchange

Draganfly Inc. has announced that it will begin trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) under ticker symbol “DFLY”. Chairman and CEO, Cameron Chell: “Dynamic industry expansion and recent regulatory and government positions on drone operations in North America focused on securing, promoting and adopting North American technology has Draganfly

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European MALE RPAS in Convergence Phase

Airbus and its partners aim to finalise the scope and price of the European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) in the coming weeks, ahead of a planned first prototype flight in early 2023. Speaking in Manching on 6 November, Jana Rosenmann, head of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

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Police Use A.I. Drones to Assist Search

Police in Scotland have officially released their newest drone, an AI powered drone capable of finding missing people. The remotely-piloted aircraft system (RPAS) goal is equipped with cameras that can see up to 150m away, making it potentially very powerful for finding missing persons. The goal of the drone is

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Drone Safety Week Kicks Off!

Starting this week, November 4th through the 10th, is the first ever national drone safety awareness week. This weeklong event is put on to help drone enthusiasts and public come together and learn more about the safe operation of drones. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in drones

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Pix4Dreact Officially Released to Provide Rapid Aerial Drone Mapping for Public Safety and Emergency Response Operations

Software tested and validated by AIRT in the Bahamas under austere, real-world disaster conditions during the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian DENVER, CO – Pix4Dreact, the eagerly awaited 2D fast-mapping software for public safety and emergency response professionals operating drones for good, was officially launched last month by Pix4D, the world’s

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Czech Castles & Fairy Towns

I never considered the Czech Republic as a travel destination when searching for new and exciting places to visit. Yet, when my girlfriend decided she wanted to celebrate a big birthday on a National Geographic Vienna to Prague Hiking Adventure trip through the Czech Republic, I was amenable. Little did

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Chimney Sweep?

Leading industrial drone solutions provider Terra Drone Corporation has successfully demonstrated its non-destructive testing (NDT) capabilities by inspecting a 160-meter chimney at a thermal power plant in Japan. The chimney inspection was conducted using ultrasonic testing (UT) drone developed by Terra Drone group company Terra Inspectioneering, a market leader

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Jupiter Tricopter

Built “Jupiter” tough? This heavy-lift tricopter is no joke! Here’s the scoop direct from FlightWave:

Picture a tough-as-nails pickup truck, one of the all-wheel-drive workhorses advertised during football games. That’s the best metaphor for our Jupiter tricopter: no nonsense, all muscle, made for missions where durability, endurance and precision control

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Swift Assists Bahamas Relief Efforts

The Government of Bahamas recently engaged Swift Engineering’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Team to support the country’s post-hurricane relief efforts. Following the Category 5 Hurricane that caused damage along with parts of its archipelago, the government engaged Swift to conduct 98 day and night mapping missions over two weeks. The

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